Archiv des Autors: Ralfinho

July 2013 Trip to New York: New York City Day 1

On our first day we ventured out towards the WTC area including the Freedom Tower and the 9/11 Memorial after we had some good breakfast at the hotel. We took a quick subway ride to get closer and then walked the final few steps. The view of the Freedom Tower which had reached its final height of 1,776 ft was very impressive. Weiterlesen

July 2013 Trip to New York: DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District

  • Introduction
  • Flight DL 107 FRA to JFK
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District
  • New York City Day 1
  • New York City Day 2
  • New York City Day 3
  • New York City Day 4
  • Flight DL 106 JFK to FRA

After going through immigration and customs we took the AirTrain to Howard Beach Station from where we took A and then the R train to get to Whitehall Street Station.

From there it was just a few steps to our hotel. Weiterlesen

July 2013 Trip to New York: Flight DL 107 FRA to JFK

  • Introduction
  • Flight DL 107 FRA to JFK
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District
  • New York City Day 1
  • New York City Day 2
  • New York City Day 3
  • New York City Day 4
  • Flight DL 106 JFK to FRA

We arrived shortly before 9am at the airport in Frankfurt. While we noticed that there was more traffic inside the terminal than two hours before that when we usually arrive for flights to Atlanta, there was almost no line at the Sky Priority check-in counters. Weiterlesen

July 2013 Trip to New York: Introduction

  • Introduction
  • Flight DL 107 FRA to JFK
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Financial District
  • New York City Day 1
  • New York City Day 2
  • New York City Day 3
  • New York City Day 4
  • Flight DL 106 JFK to FRA

Last December I looked for some low level award flights in BusinessElite with the itinerary starting in Frankfurt. I narrowed down my search to a roundtrip between FRA and JFK and for dates in the summer. As already written in my travel plans for this year I then found low level flights on the following dates

Day Date Org Dest Flight No Dep Time Arr Time Plane Type
Sun 06/30 FRA JFK DL 107 1345 1625 B767-300ER
Fri 07/05 JFK FRA DL 106 2009 1020 B767-300ER

After my post last December it just happened so that a few schedule changes occurred. As mentioned, this roundtrip was priced at the low level, so I spent 200k miles for the two of us. That was awesome, however, the cash part (taxes and fees) was not quite nice, it were a little more than 480 EUR per person that needed to be paid out of pocket. Well, that’s the way it is. At least the number of miles was reasonable.

I then looked at Hilton and Starwood hotels to find some accomodation for that period. A main factor in deciding was the room rate, so I ended up in booking the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in the Financial District.

March 2013 Trip to California: DL 14 ATL to FRA

After checking out of the Hampton Inn ATL we took the complimentary shuttle ride to the airport. We were dropped off at the domestic terminal where we switched to another shuttle that took us to the international terminal. Weiterlesen

March 2013 Trip to California: Dinner at Ruby Tuesday

After checking in at the Hampton Inn ATL we put our bags into our room and I snapped a few photos. Then we took an elevator ride downstairs, exited the hotel, and walked across the street to get to the conveniently located Ruby Tuesday restaurant.

It was not just an ordinary friday, but it was Good Friday, so the restaurant was very packed. After we got our name put down we waited a little more than a quarter of an hour until we were called and led to our table. Now it was time to have some fun! It was our last night of our trip and we did not want to sit around in a sad mood. Instead we wanted to have a good time. Weiterlesen

March 2013 Trip to California: Hampton Inn ATL

After a short wait outside the terminal at the airport a hotel shuttle arrived and took us to the Hampton Inn ATL. After a short ride we arrived, took our bags, and entered the hotel. Weiterlesen

March 2013 Trip to California: DL 1754 LAX to ATL

After checking out of the Super 8 and returning our rental car to Hertz we took a complimentary bus ride to the airport and were dropped off right in front of terminal 5 where Delta operates out of. We checked in at one of the airport kiosks where I also paid our bag fees (on domestic flights only our first checked bag is free, the second checked bag costs $25). The we dropped off our bags and proceeded to the security checkpoint. Weiterlesen

March 2013 Trip to California: Super 8 LAX

After dining at a Sizzler near LAX and filling up our rental car’s gas tank we headed to the Super 8 LAX on Airport Blvd almost right next to Hertz where I had booked a room for one night before our flight to Atlanta. Weiterlesen

March 2013 Trip to California: Sleep Inn & Suites in Bakersfield

When we arrived in Bakersfield we first stopped at the Black Angus restaurant to have some nice dinner which was fabulous as usual. We both had some great tasting steaks.

Then we steered towards the Sleep Inn & Suites where I had booked a room for one night. Upon entering the hotel the front desk is found on the right side. We were quickly checked in and were assigned room 208. Weiterlesen